Monday, May 11, 2015

Reaching Beyond Kentuckiana

We are continually amazed and appreciative at the response we get from our readers. One woman recently wrote, “I found it to be so rich in wisdom. The magazine feels like a loving friend.” That’s exactly what we want to be…your loving friend. We spread this love throughout Kentuckiana but we’ve recently learned that it has reached the people of Zimbabwe in Southern Africa, where women continue to be oppressed despite attempts to obtain economic and social equality.

Last month, we were thrilled to learn that Naomi Thomas had bravely published the first issue of her magazine entitled The Voice in Zimbabwe. We first heard from Naomi back in March of 2012. She emailed that a friend of hers had brought back copies of Today’s Woman from a visit to Kentucky, and wrote, “God so clearly spoke with me that day about starting my own woman’s magazine in Zimbabwe, as I was so inspired by yours.” At that time, she requested permission to reprint articles from our older issues to help launch her efforts, and we readily agreed.

Quite frankly, I had forgotten about her interest and passion to start a women’s magazine until she emailed me the following, three years later: “Well it’s been almost forever but forever is a long time anyway! I am emailing you to let you know that FINALLY my first edition called The Voice is landing in Zimbabwe, and I just want to say thank you to you for being such a great help.  You have no idea how much your articles have inspired me.

“I felt a bigger need for family than I did just for women. The hope is to bring encouragement, healing, joy, peace, restore family relationships, and basically be used as an evangelistic tool in Zimbabwe, as we are going through some very difficult times both economically and spiritually as a nation. I got some advertising for the magazine because I couldn’t pay for it all [and] I had to sell my home. It’s been the longest and hardest season yet. I keep looking forward to the bigger picture [and] the impact that this magazine will have on our people’s lives here.

“It’s been a long, hard journey as you may well know but God has been faithful, and I am well into the second issue already. I am very tired but I feel fulfilled, and as you will read my testimony, you will see how far God has brought me. So, once again, thank you.”

Thank YOU, Naomi, for sharing your journey, for being a voice for women and families in Zimbabwe, for persevering, for believing in yourself. I’m overwhelmed in what you’ve accomplished and proud that Today’s Woman
was a small part of your vision.

Cathy Zion
Today’s Woman

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